UK provides £3.9m for niche vehicle development

The UK Government has provided £3.9 million of funding to support low carbon developments in the niche vehicle sector. A total of 30 projects from low-volume manufacturers have received the money […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK Government has provided £3.9 million of funding to support low carbon developments in the niche vehicle sector.

A total of 30 projects from low-volume manufacturers have received the money from Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

These vehicles include premium brand sports cars, specialist commercial vehicles and other suppliers and technology companies.

Winning projects include the development of clean, natural tyres for electric vehicles (EVs), a carbon motorcycle frame, prototype titanium brake calipers and even an autonomous road sweeper using the latest sensor and mapping technology.

All of the projects are collaborative and partnered by at least three UK-based businesses from the low carbon vehicle technology sector. They will each receive 50% of their project costs.

A total of £2.4 million has been awarded for early-stage projects, with a further £1.5 million directed towards establishing specialised manufacturing capability and supply chains for small and medium-sized businesses.